Grand Rapids Community College has granted sabbaticals to three faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year. These sabbaticals, which can be granted for a semester or a year, are chosen annually by a sub-committee of the college’s Academic Governing Council.
“Sabbaticals provide an opportunity for recipients to complete educational research or projects, and in doing so enhance their own knowledge and their value to the college,” said GRCC Provost Gilda Gely. “Our goal is to support the sabbaticals based on the benefit they will ultimately provide to our students, our faculty members, and the college as a whole.”
The faculty members who have been granted sabbaticals are:
- Katrina Kalisz, English Department, who will use her sabbatical to deliver her Master's thesis, write non-fiction essays and develop a process to publish her poetry.
- Laurie Arnswald, Nursing, who will use her sabbatical to complete her doctorate of nursing practice and the teaching practicum required for the nurse/health educator certificate program.
- Kay Ramer, Nursing, who will use her sabbatical to complete her doctorate of nursing practice and the health educator certificate program.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.